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Viscount c/n 142

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 142
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)


Canada flag Canada

This V.757 series Viscount was built for
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) as CF-TGX

It first flew on Sunday, 18 March 1956 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 506 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Air Canada


Photo of Viscount c/n 142
Beaver Enterprises Ltd


Canada flag Canada

Its final owner/operator was
Beaver Enterprises Ltd as CF-TGX.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada 24 April 1973. Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd 30 April 1974. Broken up for scrap circa June 1975. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Operational record
Photo of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) Viscount CF-TGX

Country of Registration Canada

March 1956 to June 1964

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA)

CF-TGX - c/n 142 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

August 1954
An order was placed by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) for an initial batch of seven Type V.757 aircraft as a follow on from the previous Type V.724 order.

This order was placed before they had received their first V.724!

This was the first one built.

The total order for V.757 aircraft reached thirty six in May 1957.

Production Aircraft No. 103 - the 103rd production Type V.700 series Viscount built,
was the 63rd Viscount fuselage assembled at Hurn, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England,
and the 37th Viscount assembled at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Production Order No. F01/757. Sales Order No. F01/76B. Stock Order No. F48/22B.

21 March 1955
TCA issued technical instruction V-05.04-1/1 to apply the word 'Viscount' to the tail section in 8.5 inch high red letters edged in white at the first opportunity.

2 June 1955
TCA issued technical instruction V-31.02-2/5 to apply the word 'Viscount' to the inside of the passenger loading door in 4 inch high red letters edged in white at the first opportunity.

21 September 1955
Fuselage assembly commenced at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.
Erecting Shop 'E' at
Weybridge, Surrey, England

November 1955
Fuselage transported by road from Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England to Weybridge, Surrey, England.

11 November 1955
Fuselage to Erecting Shop 'E' at Weybridge, Surrey, England.

16 December 1955
Certificate of Registration and Airworthiness issued by the Canadian Department of Transport which covered the delivery flights to Canada.

18 March 1956
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa3 Mark 506 engines.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

23 March 1956
Aircraft passed off by TCA inspectors as completed and ready for delivery.

The word 'Viscount' had not been added to the tail at this stage.

28 March 1956
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) with fleet number '616'.

After refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland it then flew on to Keflavik Airport, Iceland but had to return to Prestwick for some reason.

Later the same day they departed from Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland to Keflavik Airport, Iceland (743 nautical miles) where they stopped overnight.

29 March 1956
Departed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland to Bluie West One (BW1) Airfield, Narsarsuaq, Southern Greenland (804 nautical miles), Dorval International Airport, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada (1482 nautical miles). They must have had a very strong tailwind to miss out Goose Bay!

BW1 was built during WWII to assist the transfer of military aircraft from North America to Europe and was opened in January 1942.

The cabin seating was installed in Canada, as the seats used by TCA were of American manufacture.

The cabin was fitted out with 40 seats which was a reduction from the original 48 seat specification and provided more leg room.

This was heavily marketed and resulted in a high load factor compared to the 18 seat Douglas DC-3 that it replaced on some routes.

15 June 1956
Delivery flight Certificate of Registration and Airworthiness expired.

July 1956
Cabin interior changed to a two class 44 seat arrangement.

'Open House Day' at Thunder Bay Airport.
'Open House Day'
at Thunder Bay Airport

10 July 1957
TCA issued instructions that all Viscounts would be repainted in a 'White Top' livery when a suitable maintenance period became available.

July 1958
Opened up to the public during an 'Open House Day' at Thunder Bay Airport, Ontario, Canada.

11 April 1959
Suffered an accident at Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

No more information is known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net.

1 June 1964
Transferred to Air Canada due to a corporate name change.


Photo of Air Canada Viscount CF-TGX

Country of Registration Canada

June 1964 to April 1974

Air Canada

CF-TGX - c/n 142 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

1 June 1964
Transferred from Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) due to a corporate name change retaining fleet number '616'.

It took several years to repaint the fleet in Air Canada livery.

24 April 1973
Withdrawn from service and stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

Total time 36,329 hours and 36,969 total landings.

30 April 1974
Sold to Beaver Enterprises Ltd.


Photo of Beaver Enterprises Ltd Viscount CF-TGX

Country of Registration Canada

April 1974 to June 1975

Beaver Enterprises Ltd

CF-TGX - c/n 142 - a V.757 series Viscount
Canada registered

30 April 1974
Purchased from Air Canada but the aircraft remained stored at Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba, Canada.

A total of 24 aircraft were included in this sale.

United Aviation Services Ltd had some role in the processing of these Viscounts. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net

circa June 1975

Broken up for scrap after removal of all useful parts. The actual date is not known. Details please to information@vickersviscount.net


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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